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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

A HUGE Snapping Turtle

 With our five kitties having just made our usual cat—walk after breakfast, over the bridges and wood trail, we spotted a MONSTER.
Looking from the bridge down into the creek that is.
No wonder they are also called mud dragon!
It was quite a monster!
Guess our kitties do know instinctively that they better avoid such a monster!
They were just over 13 months old here and they followed us like doggies.
Now they don't do this anymore and of course they have become senior kitties.
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BUT remember our Kwekkie with a wounded foot?
Before that, we had other ducks with the same wounds.
Guess those snapping turtles try to pull them down as prey when they're hungry.

Related link:
Pieter's NEW Love—While I was in Limburg | Kwekkie with her wounded foot
10 Biting Facts About Snapping Turtles | Interesting info with videos

24 comments:

  1. That's a huge snapping turtle. Do they live in the water all the time? I like your cats.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      It was a monster indeed! They can come out and we've seen them on roads. Looking for prey of course but they hide in the mud.
      Our kitties are cute and happy.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hi, Mariette and Pieter!
    Wow, that is a BIG turtle, Mariette! And she really wanted to go back to the water. I don't blame your kitties for not wanting to get near her, or else she might try to snap at them, like some turtle must have snaped at Kwekkie.
    Have a wonderful day!
    :)

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    1. Dearest Paula,
      The snapping turtle looks so ugly and even prehistoric—no wonder it survived as who would want to come near it?!
      Glad that the kitties understood early on to stay away from them.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Che grandi trtarughe azzannatrici!

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    1. Cara Olga,
      No, tutt'altro che eccezionale: mangiano tutto e compresi i gatti...
      Abbracci,
      Mariette

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  4. Huh! Fortunately, there are no turtles here!

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Oh, you sure do have some turtles but probably not this dangerous snapping turtle.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Snapping turtles are huge! We have them here, but I see them only during egg-laying season. I've stood back and snapped a few pics of the females doing their thing, but haven't gone too close!

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Yes, they sure are huge! And the fact that they are wide spread from Florida up till Nova Scotia proves that they have no or hardly any predators.
      Did ad a link at the bottom and learned that they are also called 'mud dragon' and that is true.
      Would not want to encounter an alligator snapping turtle—they are still larger!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Lieve Ellie,
      Ja, en de naam modder draak is ook toepasselijk...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  7. Wat een groot beest.
    Hier hebben we geen schildpadden.

    Fijne avond en groetjes,
    Hilly

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    1. Beste Hilly,
      Ja dit is een van de monsters en toepasselijk ook modder draak genoemd.
      Nederland kent eigenlijk geen inheemse schildpadden maar de uitheemse soorten komen er voor.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  8. thanks for the comment
    http://retromaggie.blogspot.com/

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  9. I don't think I've seen one in the flesh over here in my corner of the world.
    But I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole! 🐢

    Have a blessed day, dearest Mariette 💐

    Hugs!

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    1. Dearest Veronica,
      Don't think that they do live outside the U.S.A. and Canada—so you are lucky!
      Pieter just wanted to bring it up and SEE it and it was a good lesson for the kitties.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Ooh, that is a big monster. I do not know about snapping turtles, but it does not look very friendly. I hope it swam away to live some place else!

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    1. Dearest Patricia,
      It sure was quite a monster and I like the other name 'mud dragon'.
      Don't think it swam away as it might have said—I lived here first and it is my creek and surroundings.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Turtles can attack. I once saw a woman in a lake who tried to catch a baby duck in the water. Lucky the mother duck was close by and pecked her.
    xoxo
    Coisas de Feltro

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Yes, we have seen such huge turtles pull down ducklings.
      Sad to watch cruel nature at times...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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